The large & daunting collection of film that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has shown off its broad range of heroes over an 11 year run. Classic Superheroes have jumped from the pages of Marvel Comics to the movie screens, and in the process became house-hold names. Even some of the lesser known characters have turned to staples in the line-up, deservedly so. Among all the colorful characters has been a stand-out team member, Sam Wilson or The Falcon. Anthony Mackie portrays The Falcon in the characters appearances in the MCU, and has created a character worth more than just being referred to as Captain America’s side-kick. Sam Wilson has been a consistently strong and interesting character who has yet to be at the front & center where he belongs. Sam is the most underrated Avenger, and is a uniquely crafted MCU hero, which is what sets him apart from the line-up. The character is always open and honest, which provides a foundation for unparalleled bonds and relationships. Thus, making for interesting development that goes to show that he’s the Avenger the audience needs to see. Sam Wilson is more than just a superhero, he is a good man.
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is a large, diverse, and daunting collection of film that stretches over 10 years. Supplying the fans with 22 movies and another, Spider-Man: Far From Home, on the way within the next couple of days. With such a large body of work, it comes as no surprise that some of the films could be overshadowed by their own familial movies. Perhaps one of the most underrated examples of this can be found with Iron Man 3. The first of the trilogy starring Robert Downey Jr. was the start of the MCU phenomenon and is credited with changing the superhero movie game entirely (deservedly so). But the third film is often stacked at the bottom of MCU lists (not deservedly so). Iron Man 3 is actually the secret gem of the 22 movies. As opposed to the other movies before and after it, Iron Man 3 is a new kind of superhero story with more of an emotional depth. Those emotions provide for excellent growth within Tony’s relationships (both old and new), which inherently gives the viewer a new personal look into the characters. From that, the story-telling grows intensely in this movie and does something bold. Iron Man 3 was another side to the superhero story that is portrayed accurately and leaves viewers and fans with an even stronger attachment to the characters than they had before, this is an MCU film like no other.
“No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.” (KING, STEPHEN. IT. SCRIBNER, 2019.)
Over the years, many amazing and well respected musicians/bands have left their mark on the world. Beginning with a 1965 Newspaper ad, the music and television worlds were treated to a mix-up that would surely leave theirs. The Monkees debuted on NBC in 1966 with an endearingly odd and new style. It was fast paced, surreal, young, and downright absurd. The creation came from the minds of producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider and that’s just what it was in the beginning, a prefabricated creation. The four young men who came to makeup the band had auditioned and were chosen for a television series. This was always something that separated the gang of Monkees from other bands & musical acts and is the origin to a larger problem. The Monkees have never fully been accepted and respected by the music community. In their heyday, they were looked down on, they were seen as juvenile, they were not considered a real band. They were what little brothers and sisters listened to and watched but never considered "real" music. The media criticized them for this plenty of times. But the fact of the matter is that the Monkees came onto the scene and did something wonderful with their music. It’s time they stop being overlooked because they are actually hidden gems. Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, and Micky Dolenz were criminally underrated as the Monkees and all on their own.
That 70’s Show is one of the most iconic television shows and young people are still crazy for it. Older generations can watch it for that seventies nostalgia, young adults reserve a different kind of nostalgia from watching it while new episodes were still coming out in the late nineties/early two-thousands, and young teens of today can still amazingly watch and relate to it. Perhaps one of the most iconic and well known parts of the show was the relationship between the charming main characters, Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti. Almost every television show includes a ‘will they or won't they’ couple for the audience to root for, adding that much more to invest in. Take shows like Friends with Ross & Rachel, Luke & Lorelai from Gilmore Girls, and one of the prime examples with Jim and Pam from The Office. What made Eric and Donna all the more interesting and engaging was their bright chemistry and the sweet sense of adolescent love that is easily shown in their song, "Thirteen" by Big Star. It was undeniably easy to fall in love with their love and still is. However, those two share a great deal of hardship and relationship problems that sometimes give the other couples of the show a run for their money. They are often built up as "the perfect couple" yet at times that was not what appeared on screen and many viewers didn’t have the heart to notice.
The collected work of Stephen King reads as a who’s who of strange monsters, bone-chilling villains, and the characters created within the cycle of his classic tropes. King is not only famous for his unique way with words and amazingly horrific stories but also for his staple line-up of tropes/vintage plot devices and characteristics. Authors and writers are bound to have their own assorted line-up of personal tropes or stereotypes. King’s are a huge part of the charm he has as a writer and storyteller. They act as a familiarity to let the reader know the novel their reading is a true King masterpiece. It’s part of what makes the man so great and his work so special. Most of King’s readers or fans of his films are able to recognize some of his more well-known character tropes. Most notably in his writing one can easily find a religious character, an alcoholic, a writer, childhood bullies and more. One that flies under the radar but is very apparent in his work are the undertones of homosexuality between chosen characters. Looking at characters from just three of King’s most popular stories; The Body, The Long Walk, and IT, it becomes clearer to see this interesting character relationship/trait that has been included in multiple stories of his.